Office of Mayor Kate Gallego​

Get to Know Mayor Gallego 

Mayor Kate Gallego is the second elected female Mayor in Phoenix history and the youngest big city Mayor in the United States. She graduated from Harvard University and earned an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Before being elected to Phoenix City Council, Mayor Gallego worked on Economic Development for local utility company, Salt River Project. 

Mayor Gallego has focused on three key policy areas during her time in office: diversifying the economy, strengthening infrastructure investment, and working to make Phoenix a leader in sustainability. Her record of proven results includes leading the campaign to pass Phoenix's citywide transportation plan through 2050, which was the largest local government commitment to transportation infrastructure in the country when it passed in 2015.  She has led efforts on criminal justice reform and ensuring equal pay for equal work. Mayor Gallego is passionate about building a Phoenix that works for everyone and increasing the quality of life for all Phoenicians.

Phoenix is the fifth largest city in the United States and is currently the fastest growing city in the country.​



Mayor Gallego Visits Cartwright School District Food Distributionhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/mayors-office/1754Mayor's Office2/10/2021 6:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1754/Cartwright School District.jpgMayor Gallego Visits Cartwright School District Food Distribution<div class="ExternalClass87037437CBD442879A772B04C7B3C884"><html> <p>​<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Hunger is a constant problem in Phoenix, even more so now because of the ravages of COVID-19. Today, Mayor Kate Gallego visited Manuel "Lito" Peña School in the Cartwright School District – a district which has made an exceptional effort to ensure students and families have enough to eat. </span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">​</span></p> <p>In 2020, the City of Phoenix allocated more than $6.4 million in food assistance to the community. Cartwright is one of four districts that received an allocation of $135,000 from the fund, <strong><em>and used it to serve nearly 5 million meals at 21 schools in the past year</em></strong>. <br></p> <p>Cartwright not only serves students and their families; any individual who contacts the district is eligible for meal assistance. <br></p> <p>“The City of Phoenix is proud to provide relief to the community in every way we can. It is heartwarming to see so many community members and organizations like Cartwright School District fill in the gaps Covid-19 has created," said Mayor Kate. “It's hard to understate the value of serving nearly 5 million meals. I am grateful to the entire Cartwright School District team for their hard work in ensuring our kids and community have the resources and care needed to succeed and thrive." <br></p> <p>"As the principal of Manuel "Lito" Peña School, I'm honored to have Mayor Gallego visit our school and showcase our incredible food distribution program. In the Cartwright School District, we take pride in feeding not only our students and families but our entire community," said Principal Casey Newman. “Our Food Services cafeteria workers have done an amazing job serving our kids and community and take comfort in seeing them. The pandemic hasn't stopped us from serving our community and we plan to continue as long as we are able. Our motto is <em>'One team, Una Familia!'</em> and we take care of our student population just as a family would." <br></p> <p>Information on Cartwright School District's food distribution (<a target="_blank" href="http://csd83.org/">http://csd83.org/</a>):</p> <ul style="list-style-type:disc;"> <li>Open 7 days a week, 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. </li> <li>Pickup locations at all the schools in the district </li> <li>Meals are for the week and include breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks</li> <li>Cartwright is providing delivery via 15-20 bus routes daily, Monday through Friday.  </li> <li>Cartwright is also serving individuals experiencing homelessness and those with special needs.<br><br></li> </ul> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/mayorNewsmayors-office
Phoenix Approves $51 Million in Emergency Rental and Utility Assistance https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/mayors-office/1753Mayor's Office2/10/2021 12:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1753/Newsroom_Mayor_Statement.jpgPhoenix Approves $51 Million in Emergency Rental and Utility Assistance <div class="ExternalClass554CAC48EC3541F8AC87D3647DC4ABD1"><html> <p>​<span style="color:rgb(32, 31, 30);font-family:calibri, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;background-color:window;">​T</span><span style="color:rgb(32, 31, 30);font-family:calibri, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;background-color:window;">he Mayor and members of the Phoenix City Council have </span><strong style="color:rgb(32, 31, 30);font-family:calibri, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;background-color:window;"><em>approved distribution of $51 million in new federal Emergency Rental Assistance</em></strong><span style="color:rgb(32, 31, 30);font-family:calibri, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;background-color:window;"> </span><span style="color:rgb(32, 31, 30);font-family:calibri, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;background-color:window;">(ERA) dollars to Phoenix residents who need help making their rent payments and covering the cost of home utilities.</span></p> <p style="color:rgb(32, 31, 30);font-size:12pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;margin:0px;"> </p> <p style="color:rgb(32, 31, 30);font-size:12pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;margin:0px;">Last year, the city distributed more than $29 million in CARES Act assistance to more than 5,700 households. Yet, while COVID-19 continues to stress public health and the local economy, the need persists.</p> <p style="color:rgb(32, 31, 30);font-size:12pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;margin:0px;"> </p> <p style="color:rgb(32, 31, 30);font-size:12pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;margin:0px;">The new ERA program is structured differently than the prior CARES Act Program. Under the ERA, eligible residents may receive up to 15 months of help with past-due rent. There is no cap on the dollar amount of assistance, but participants must be recertified every three months. Utility assistance includes help with past-due amounts for residential water, gas and electricity.</p> <p style="color:rgb(32, 31, 30);font-size:12pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;margin:0px;"> </p> <p style="color:rgb(32, 31, 30);font-size:12pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;margin:0px;">Mayor Kate Gallego said, “There is immense day-to-day stress when you’re unsure how you will pay the rent or keep the lights on in your home. Today’s decision by the council will give our residents financial and emotional relief, and go a long way toward preventing homelessness.”</p> <p style="color:rgb(32, 31, 30);font-size:12pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;margin:0px;"> </p> <p style="color:rgb(32, 31, 30);font-size:12pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;margin:0px;">Remarkably, <a style="margin:0px;padding:0px;border:0px;font:inherit;vertical-align:baseline;" data-auth="NotApplicable" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" href="https://nicholasinstitute.duke.edu/articles/moratoria-utility-shutoffs-and-evictions-reduced-covid-19-infection-rates-duke-analysis">new research</a> suggests this kind of assistance may also prevent the spread of COVID-19. According to researchers at Duke University, a moratorium on local evictions can reduce the number of new infections and deaths, underscoring the value of keep families in their homes.   </p> <p style="color:rgb(32, 31, 30);font-size:12pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;margin:0px;"> </p> <p style="color:rgb(32, 31, 30);font-size:12pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;margin:0px;">Those who apply for the ERA funds must make less than $62,250 for a family of four, and must have sustained a reduction in household income due to COVID-19. While the program does not cover mortgage payments, it does place a priority on families whose income is lower than $38,900 for a family of four and have been out of work for more than 90-days. </p> <p style="color:rgb(32, 31, 30);font-size:12pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;margin:0px;"> </p> <p style="color:rgb(32, 31, 30);font-size:12pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;margin:0px;">The new program will be administered by the city’s Human Services Department and the nonprofit <a style="margin:0px;padding:0px;border:0px;font:inherit;vertical-align:baseline;" data-auth="NotApplicable" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" href="https://wildfireaz.org/">Wildfire</a>. Applications can be submitted online or by phone, beginning in early March.<br></p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/mayorNewsmayors-office
Mayor Gallego Breaks Ground on New K-9 Facility https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/mayors-office/1470Mayor's Office8/25/2020 9:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1470/Groundbreaking.jpgMayor Gallego Breaks Ground on New K-9 Facility <div class="ExternalClass3DD2A56B32DD4EE0AE398547C5B40D2F"><html> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-start">​</span>The Phoenix Police Department broke ground on a new K-9 facility and Mayor Kate Gallego was proud to be there. Brycon Construction is partnering with the City of Phoenix to build a new enclosed, climate-controlled kennel which will have an outdoor dog run and splash pad, made possible by a consortium of donors. The Phoenix K-9 Unit began 42 years ago, supported by federal grants that allowed Phoenix PD to acquire two narcotic detention dogs and, a year later, two explosives detection dogs. Today the Phoenix Police Department has the largest K-9 Unit in the state with 17 dual-purpose canines. “This is an exciting project for the Phoenix Police Department and there could not be a better place than Phoenix to build a climate-controlled kennel with a splash pad. Our K-9s will be thrilled," said Mayor Kate Gallego. ​<br><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><br><img src="/mayorsite/MediaAssets/K-9.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:502px;" /><br><br><img src="/mayorsite/MediaAssets/Bane%20Memorial.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:502px;" /><br></html></div>https://phoenix.gov/mayorNewsmayors-office
Mayor Gallego Announces New Appointmentshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/mayors-office/1469Mayor's Office8/25/2020 7:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1469/Newsroom_Mayor_Statement.jpgMayor Gallego Announces New Appointments<div class="ExternalClass9AC8D0C1456A4AC68EF1E471521F8EAC"><html> <p>Mayor Kate Gallego has announced three new staff appointments: Clark Princell has joined the office as Deputy Chief of Staff; Valerie Churchwell as Senior Policy Advisor; and Jeanine L'Ecuyer as Director of Communications. </p> <p>Clark Princell was promoted from within the ranks of Phoenix city government, having most recently served as a government relations manager. His broad background and deep policy expertise includes time spent at the state and federal level engaging in policy development, advocacy and management of legislative issues.</p> <p>Valerie Churchwell is another city veteran who joins the Mayor's Office from the Aviation Department where she was Special Services/Small Business Engagement Manager. During her eight years on the job she developed and delivered unique programs to enable small business growth and enhance inclusion of small, minority and disadvantaged businesses. Prior to her time at the city, Churchwell accumulated vast experience in the private and nonprofit business sectors.</p> <p>Jeanine L'Ecuyer is a communications expert who founded and ran her own company, L'Ecuyer Communications. She served as Deputy Chief of Staff/Communications for the Office of the Governor of Arizona and has held leadership roles in a range of nonprofit and private organizations. L'Ecuyer spent 20 years in the business of television news as a reporter, producer, executive producer and news director.</p> <p>“These experienced leaders bring even more depth to our team," said Mayor Kate Gallego. “Each will be a tremendous asset as we continue innovate and advocate on behalf of the people we serve." ​<br> <br> <br> </p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/mayorNewsmayors-office
Statement from Mayor Gallego Regarding the Passing of Ronnie Lopezhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/mayors-office/1467Mayor's Office8/24/2020 6:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1467/Newsroom_Mayor_Statement.jpgStatement from Mayor Gallego Regarding the Passing of Ronnie Lopez<div class="ExternalClass32CC3C3E3CCE456980FE1479DBA27814"><html> <p>​<strong style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:</strong></p> <p>August 24, 2020</p> <p>​ <br></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <strong>STATEMENT FROM MAYOR KATE GALLEGO REGARDING THE PASSING OF RONNIE LOPEZ</strong> </p> <p> </p> <p>PHOENIX - “Ronnie Lopez was a community leader of the best kind. Not only was he a giant in the Latino community but he loved Arizona and he loved Phoenix with all his heart. No matter the campaign or issue, we shared a deep mutual respect and always found ways to work together. Ronnie was a mentor to many and that, along with his family, will be his greatest legacy: the hundreds of young men and women who have learned, by listening to his advice and following his extraordinary example, how to make our communities better. My heart goes out to his wife, Angie, his son, Marcos and all the family and friends he leaves behind. I, too, will miss him." </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p style="text-align:center;">##<br></p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/mayorNewsmayors-office